On the New York "Trooper-Gate" Scandal
Lawmakers call for state police reform
ALBANY - Leaders in both parties say there is too much political influence on state police leadership.
They don't necessarily agree on every specific problem, but now there is a drive underway to give the state police superintendent much more independence.
Critics say you can go back at least to the Pataki administration when state police brass tried to sanitize a domestic violence report involving then Congressman John Sweeney.
Eliot Spitzer and top lieutenants were accused of convincing state police leadership to unfairly track Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno in what became known as the Troopergate scandal.
David Paterson's administration is currently under investigation, suspected of misusing state police to discourage a domestic violence victim.
For these reasons Sen. Liz Krueger and Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries say the state police superintendent needs to be removed from gubernatorial control and given a 10-year term with removal only by the Legislature if it finds just cause.
"We took a look at the current federal statute of how the head of the FBI is chosen and operates and we said that we would work here in New York State," said Krueger, D-Manhattan.
State Senate Republicans still bristle over the Troopergate incident. They have their own bill to change the current police superintendent structure. It isn't the same as the Democrats, but it has some of the same goals.
"So we hope that we can see some action here to get to the bottom line of shielding the superintendent of state police from this type of political influence," said Sen, Michael Nozzolio, R-Seneca County.
Even though there is support for change on both sides of the aisle, that's no guarantee of quick action. Just yesterday the governor signed a law that was under consideration for 17 years before final passage.
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The Connecticut State Police might be an even bigger bastion of brutality and misconduct. Maybe even one hundred times worse. Why isn't there a push to make it so there is "American Style" policing in Connecticut, not just a throwback to the Nazis and KGB?
The New York State Police internal affairs investigated the Connecticut State Police when theirs was shut down for bad behavior, case rigging, and abuse. If less than one percent of police misconduct and brutality actually gets to see print, should alarm bells be rung? The conduct of the Connecticut State Police has not been adequately been addressed after the release of this scathing 168 page official report on Connecticut State Police misconduct:
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A probation officer in Connecticut allegedly forced young males who were required to report to him, and even those who were mentally challenged were raped by the probation officer. For possibly more than a hundred counts of rape, the probation officer got no prison, and was able to start collecting his cushy retirement. Crime does pay if you are a government worker, elected official, judge, or police officer.
Man gets 30 years in prison for raping teen
[Associated Press] March 19, 2010
A Connecticut man who served more than five years in prison for a rape nearly a decade ago has been sent back to jail for 30 years for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old mentally disabled girl.
Twenty-seven-year-old Gerald Terry was sentenced Thursday in Waterbury Superior Court after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual assault and admitting he raped the teen in the back of a taxi in Naugatuck in October 2007.
Authorities say the girl was raped while taking a taxi to her home in Naugatuck from a North Haven school for special needs students. Police say the driver of the Metro Taxi cab, Jason Hylton, loaned his taxi to Terry that day.
A jury recently awarded the girl's family $1 million in a lawsuit against Terry, Hylton and the taxi company.
Police officers in Connecticut who are accused of rape, rarely see the cases investigated. Women, underage girls, ex-wives, and girlfriends all can be terrorized into silence. Some are terrorized from their family homes to leave the state. When Connecticut State prosecutors and police are caught for sexual assault, and rape, the question is not whether, or not, they'll be prosecuted, the question is whether they will remain on their jobs. That is ... if they are White, male, and haven't broken ranks.